Increasing delayed cord clamping in c-section births

Our Neohelp™ heat loss prevention suit supports neonatologists perform more delayed cord clamping in c-section births by keeping neonates at a safe and consistent temperature whilst other essential Golden Hour care takes place.

As a local neonatal unit (LNU) within the SW Neonatal Network, we recognised the importance of providing DCC as a key intervention to preterm neonates but realised that there were barriers to implementation resulting in DCC being achieved in only 6% of c-section births in our unit (2016 data).

We started using Neohelp™ in April 2017 and have been really impressed with:

• Sterile thermal care, humidity and skin protection

• Ease of placing the baby in (and cord management) via the front Velcro opening

• Prevention of heat loss from the head through the use if the hood and drawcord fastening

We have used Neohelp™ to provide thermal care in a sterile environment for the last three years to premature babies between 23 and 32 weeks gestation, and have seen improvements in our rates of normothermia and delayed cord clamping, with around 90% of all babies born <32 weeks receiving at least sixty seconds of delayed cord clamping.

Dr Sarah Bates, Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist, Great Western Hospital, Swindon


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Published 27th February 2020

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